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Two-Timer Trouble

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This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Erika Mangrum was thrilled with the new acupuncturist she'd hired to work at Iatria Spa and Health Center, her 62-person day spa in Raleigh, North Carolina. "He accepted, and we turned down all the other candidates," says the president of the $3 million company.

Mangrum, 38, looked forward to the employee's arrival. "Then," she recalls, "he opted out." After accepting the job, but before reporting for duty, the candidate informed Mangrum the job wasn't going to work out after all.

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